East Africa: Open Safari Vehicles vs. Closed Safari Vehicles
East Africa: Open Safari Vehicles vs. Closed Safari Vehicles

Many people are unaware that the types of vehicles typically used for wildlife viewing safaris in eastern Africa differ from those used in southern Africa. In southern Africa, most game drive vehicles are very open like the ones shown below. In eastern Africa (namely Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) one  will typically find closed safari... » read more

Reflections
Reflections

When photographing landscapes or cityscapes our brain tends to quickly eliminate any repeating patterns after a quick glance of  patterns. A hedge, a hay field, a row Aspens, windows in a skyscraper.  As long as this pattern is of the same color and goes in the same direction, the brain stores the information and allows... » read more

Let it rain (or go dark)
Let it rain (or go dark)

Over fifty photographers stand at the lake’s edge anxiously waiting for sunrise to click the shutter at the precise moment when the early rays fill the sky with the most intense colors that cannot be described by mere words. Imagine the collective gasp when at first light you notice there will be no magic because... » read more

The tilt-shift lens in landscape photography
The tilt-shift lens in landscape photography

Coming from the good old film days of photography and having used large and medium format cameras that allow for plenty of movement of the lens and / or film boards, the tilt – shift lens has been a favorite of mine for many years. There are several advantages to using these types of lenses,... » read more

A Workshop Participant’s Story: What “First Timers” Should Expect From A Photography Trip Into The South African Bush
A Workshop Participant’s Story: What “First Timers” Should Expect From A Photography Trip Into The South African Bush

Article and images by Lee Levin-Friend (Lee was a participant in the Magnum Excursions May 2012 workshop at Leadwood Private Camp in Timbavati Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park in South Africa.  We look forward to Lee joining us again on an upcoming excursion … and from her excitement regarding the first trip, we’re... » read more

Photographing birds in flight
Photographing birds in flight

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog article on shooting B.I.F. (Birds in Flight) One of the hardest things to do in photography is to master shooting B.I.F! There are many different styles and settings used by the pro’s to attempt to achieve this humbling task. The technique you’ll use can vary... » read more

Elements to Consider in Composition
Elements to Consider in Composition

On a recent trip into the bush, a very good friend but non-photographer accompanied me.  Prior to the trip he commented that he felt that much of getting a great shot was luck.  I strongly disagreed but, out of politeness, just smiled.  With each trip, my images get better.  I feel it’s because 1) I... » read more

Things NOT to do on Safari
Things NOT to do on Safari

It is important to remind folks of things to avoid when on safari.  Some of the items I will list have to do with personal safety, some with respect for wildlife and some are to help us preserve the natural environment of the park: Personal Safety Do not get out of the vehicle:  While in... » read more

Photographing Leopards
Photographing Leopards

Photographing Leopards! One of my favorite locations in the world is northern Botswana along the Chobe waterfront.  However, as much as I love that region, a typical week there usually only yields a single leopard sighting.  I’ve heard a few reasons for this, but still can’t quite understand why there aren’t more leopards.  There is... » read more